Centerport FD Mourns the Loss of Ex-Chief and Commissioner Gus Zeis
The Centerport Fire Department mourned the loss of Ex-Chief and Commissioner Gus Zeis who answered his last alarm on May 16, 2015, at 77 years of age.
Zeis was a proud military veteran who joined the U.S. Air Force in 1957, where he was an aircraft mechanic. After serving in the military, Zeis went to work for Grumman Aviation as an Aircraft Engineer, and worked on the electrical systems for the Gulfstream Aircraft.
In the early 1970’s, he left Grumman and started his own successful business, Zeis Electric. Zeis joined the Centerport FD in 1965 and climbed up the ranks to become the Lieutenant and Captain of both Engine Co. 3 and Engine Co. 2. He served four years in the Assistant Chiefs ranks before becoming Chief of the Department from 1992-1993.
Zeis loved playing softball, and was an inductee in the Town of Huntington Softball Hall of Fame. He became a Life Member of the Department in 1999, and stayed active in the fire service as the Centerport Fire District Manager, and was later elected Commissioner where he served until the time of his passing.
Zeis was predeceased by his loving wife Carole. He was the devoted father of Michael, the First Assistant Chief of the Greenlawn Fire Department, and his wife Kristin. He is also the beloved grandfather of Michael Jr. and Samantha, and the dear brother of Priscilla Jahier, Randy, Thomas, Wayne, Darrell, and the late Pamela Alice Zeis.
Donations to the L.I. State Veterans Home, 100 Patriots Road, Stony Brook, NY 11790-3300, in memory of Gus Zeis are appreciated.
Story and Photos by Steve Silverman
Photo below: Michael Zeis, right, the son of Gus Zeis and his family are pictured as the funeral procession stops at the Centerport Fire Department for a memorial tribute to Ex-Chief and Commissioner Gus Zeis.